There are many challenges to travelling that everyone faces – and a few extras that only women face. How to handle your period can be one of the most awkward. So men, we’ll be talking about periods, menstrual cups and genitals. Click the back button, this article won’t have any relevance to you.
Women, if you are really easily embarrassed, maybe you should move along too.
Stopping your Period
This is one way of handling the problem. I have done this with the Depo injection which was brilliant. One injection every three months and you are fine. Talk to your doctor about it.
Unfortunately if you continue to get the Depo injection for several years in a row in can affect bone density. So I had to stop. It may also not be feasible if you are travelling in area where you aren’t sure of having access to a doctor.
Talk to your doctor
I have not tried this option personally, but it sounds like it could be really good. The hormones given out of the IUD stop most women’s periods. It is best for women who have given birth.
Talk to your doctor
I’ve found my Menstrual Cup really useful when travelling; I think it’s a must for your packing list. They make life so much simpler. It is a small silicone cup you insert instead a tampon. I use a Moon cup, but there are lots of types on Menstrual cups – Diva Cup , Lunette, Fleur Cup, Keeper ect ect
– It weighs less and takes up less room
– You only have to buy one and they last for about 5 to 10 years, so you will save a lot of money.
– You won’t have to try ask for tampons or pads in foreign languages, or in foreign shops or pharmacies.
– You won’t suddenly realise that you are out of supplies while travelling.
– It is good for the environment – no rubbish.
– You can use it for any activity, – cycling, running, swimming, diving ect.
– You can leave it in much longer than a tampon as they do not have the same drying effect, or the potential to become toxic. This also means that if you are not sure when your period will come you can wear it anyway to be safe.
– It doesn’t chafe your legs on long walks like pads can.
– It can be difficult to learn how to use them in the first few cycles and it can be a bit messy until you get the hang of it. Once you have had some practise it is easy.
– They can hold about three times as much a tampon can absorb, but if you do have a heavy flow then it can still be an issue. You may need a pad as back up on days with heavy flow (or just a little toilet paper).
– It may not be easy to find discrete ways of cleaning or sterilizing it when you are travelling.
Try it out before travelling. It does take practise to get use to.
Try not to wash it out in cold water, always try for hot. It can be painful until it warms back up again.
Make sure you get the right size. If it is too big it will be uncomfortable. If it is too small it might leak.
When you are first using it, try using oils to make everything easier. You should not use oil all the time as it will damage the material, but it will help make it a lot easier at the start.
Make sure you twist it once it is in. This helps form the seal.
Always clean out the little needle sized holes around the rim of the cup. If they become blocked it may not seal as well.
If you get one with a ‘tag’ at the end of it (the part that you grip to move it), don’t cut it off straight away. If your canal happens to be long then and you’ve chopped it all off you might have trouble finding it again. Experiment with how much of the tag you need. If your canal is short you may need to cut all of it off.
For more information check out:
Menstrual Cup.org – check out what type of cup and size would be best for you.
An Ode to the Diva Cup – a particularly funny article.
You Tube video on how to use a cup.